His biceps tenodesis had been performed using the device shown below
At the time of his surgery, the biceps tenodesis device was grossly loose. It was sent for culture. Five days later the specimen was strongly culture positive for Propionibacterium.
Comment: The association of a loose device with positive cultures does not prove causation, but it does indicate that non-metal implants can become colonized with Propionibacterium.
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